Squamous-cell carcinoma of the skin misdiagnosed as keratoacanthoma: A complex therapeutic course

Massimo Caccialanza, Roberta Piccinno, Raffaele Gianotti, Stefano Cavicchini, Serena Percivalle

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Abstract

Sometimes the differential diagnosis between squamous-cell carcinoma of the skin and keratoacapthoma may be difficult, making the therapeutic strategy complex, when it has to face erroneous diagnostic interpretations. A paradigmatic case is herein reported. A skin lesion histopathologically diagnosed as keratoacanthoma was irradiated with partial remission. Histological revision led to the diagnosis of squamous-cell carcinoma. A new course of radiotherapy resulted ineffective. The following surgical excision of the lesion was incomplete. Post-operative radiotherapy was then performed with complete remission, still persisting after one year from the end of treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-41
Number of pages5
JournalSkin Cancer
Volume18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003

Keywords

  • Keratoacanthoma
  • Radiotherapy
  • Skin cancer
  • Squamous-cell carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Oncology

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